ISU Following New Loosened State Quarantine Guidelines

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University is following new state COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.

The guidance no longer calls for people in close contact with positive cases to quarantine for 14 days if both parties were wearing masks.

The university says it doesn't expect a major impact on quarantines because almost all "close contacts" were in non-classroom settings such as residence halls and Greek housing.

ISU requires students, staff and faculty to wear masks while on campus.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the new guidelines during a news conference on Tuesday. She said the change came after discussions with school superintendents and is an incentive for districts to encourage mask-wearing.

The state does not require masks in schools, although most districts have imposed their own mandates.

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